The war between Mac and PC is not as heated as it used to be. After all, you can run iTunes on your PC and Windows on your Mac. And while Macs have traditionally had a better reputation for graphic design, you can do just as much with a PC nowadays.
Still, most people stick to what they’re used to. For Mac users, we put together a list of 10 tricks that can help you get more done in less time. Tap or click here to learn more.
You can do more with your Mac trackpad than just clicking and double-clicking. You can tap, swipe, pinch, or spread one or more fingers to perform more actions such as opening useful tools, zooming in or out, turning pages and more.
1. Smart zoom
Double-tap with two fingers to zoom in and back out of a webpage or PDF.
This is a quick way to zoom in on one part of your screen, similar to double-tapping with one finger on your iPhone.
2. Swipe between pages
Swipe left or right with two fingers to show the previous or next page.
This works best with any app that has multiple pages. When using a web browser, this will take you back and forth between open pages.
Slide two fingers up or down to scroll.
Use this shortcut to scroll through web pages, PDFs, open windows and more.
Move two fingers around each other to rotate a photo or other item.
Quickly set a photo in portrait or landscape mode. Not every app supports this function. Open your image using the Preview app to try out rotation.
5. Zoom in/out
Pinch with two fingers to zoom in or out.
This is just like zooming with a smartphone or tablet.
6. Look up and data detectors
Tap with three fingers to look up a word or take actions with dates, addresses, phone numbers and other data.
Use look up text on a webpage or email message to get more information about the text. Data detector detects interactive data, such as dates and contact numbers, and lets you open it in relevant apps such as Calendar or Contacts.
7. Show desktop
Spread your thumb and three fingers apart to show your desktop.
Use the show desktop shortcut to minimize all open apps and programs and view your desktop.
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8. Mission Control
Swipe up with four fingers to open Mission Control.
Mission Control is one of the fastest ways to view all your open windows and apps. You can also add Spaces for different tasks. Mission Control offers a bird’s-eye view of all your open windows, desktop spaces, and any apps in full screen or Split View, making it easy to switch between them.
Pinch your thumb and three fingers together to display Launchpad.
Use Launchpad to open, find and organize your apps.
10. Three finger drag
Use three fingers to drag items on your screen and then click or tap to drop. You may need to enable this setting. Here’s how:
- Go to the Apple menu, then System Preferences > Accessibility.
- Select Pointer Control in the sidebar (in earlier versions of macOS, select Mouse & Trackpad).
- Select Trackpad Options.
- Select Enable dragging and choose three finger drag from the menu.
- Click OK.
This accessibility feature simulates a click and drag. Use it to move windows and files around or select multiple items at once. Select text in an email or drag an image from a webpage and drop it onto your desktop.